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CASCO – When Terri Linnell isn’t working, which is rarely, she loves to spend time out on the water or with her grandchildren.
Q: Where were you born and where were you brought up?
A: Mercy hospital, Portland and brought up in Portland, summers on Brandy Pond, Naples
Q: Do you have many siblings?
One older brother, Norman (Skip) and one older sister, Anita.
Q: What did your parents do?
A: My Dad was a WWII veteran and the manager of the Portland office of Brockway Smith, the largest distributor of millwork products in the northeast. He passed away in 1980. My mother was an x-ray technician and a certified medical secretary and is 92 years old.
Q: What was it like growing up?
A: It was awesome. We would move up to the lake as soon as school got out and stay until school started again in the fall. My Dad taught all the kids in our cove to water ski, and we would spend every day in the water, on the beach or in the woods exploring. In the winter we would ski at Pleasant Mountain and toboggan down the hills around the camp, snowshoe and skate on the lake.
Q: Was there anything you wanted to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a medical secretary.
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: Deering High School, Tidewater Community College and University of Southern Maine.
Q: Did you get into mischief or play pranks?
Q: What have you had for jobs?
A: My first job was a teller in a bank, then I managed the gift department in Jordan Marsh at the Maine Mall (now Macy’s). I tended bar until I got into real estate in 1985. Worked at various agencies, owned and managed my own agency twice during my career and am currently with The Maine Real Estate Network in Norway.
I opened the Village Gift Barn in my 1860’s barn in Casco and expanded to Norway April, 2008. My most recent venture is a table games dealer at Oxford Casino.
Q: Anyone ever said you look like someone famous?
A: I was told I looked like Morgan Fairchild (when I was younger).
Q: Did you do much traveling?
A: Not as much as I would like. I’ve lived in Long Beach, California, Virginia Beach, Virginia and Melbourne, Florida.
A: Which place was the most fascinating and why?
A: My favorite place to visit, so far, is New Orleans. I love the people, the music, the food, the architecture and the culture. I’ve been three times and would go back again.
Q: Do you have any children?
A: I have one wonderful son, Dan, who has given me three beautiful grandchildren, Erikka, Christopher and Emma.
Q: Anyone ever influence you to the point of changing your direction in Life?
A: My son, Daniel Calvin Rockwell II.
Q: Do you collect anything or have a hobby?
A: I collect Steinbach nutcrackers. Love to entertain, decorate, help with community events and have collected a wardrobe of costumes over the years for different parade floats and events.
A: Casco Zoning Board of Appeals, Western Maine Board of Realtors, Maine Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Norway Downtown Promotions Committee, Norway Business Association, Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.
Q: What is the last book you read?
A: Fifty Shades of Gray
Q: What subject do you wish you knew more about?
A: Antiques and history.
Q: What is the one thing you would not give up?
A: Spending time with my family.
Q: What is the one thing you would happily do over again?
A: Be a kid.
Q: What was the best memory this interview brought back?
A: My childhood.
Q: What would you like people to know about you?
A: I’m proud to be a native of the state of Maine. It’s natural beauty, seasons, diverse people make it a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I don’t take myself too seriously, love working with the public, but treasure my privacy. Love to see people smile, work hard for what I believe in, and have a strong work ethic and oh yes, I was an extra in the movie “The 12 Dogs of Christmas” that filmed in Bethel.
Q: Last day on earth, what would you do and with whom?
A: Float on a calm lake in the sun with all my family and friends.
Q: If anyone could walk in right now, whom would you most like to see?
A: My Dad.
Q: Any regrets?
A: I regret that I have to close my shop in Norway. I’ve met some wonderful people and it’s been a great experience, however the romance of being a shop owner and reality in today’s economy are two different things. I’m not getting out of the business. The Village Gift Barn continues to thrive. Norway is a beautiful town and I will continue to support the community any way I can. I’ll still be in Norway at my real estate office, but I will miss Main Street.
Q: What scares you the most?
A: The way the world will be for my grandchildren.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Sipping pina coladas on a beach.
Q: Any heroes?
A: My mother, Antoinette (Toni) Casavola Going. First generation Italian-American. Both parents from Italy. She graduated from Westbrook college in 1941 with an Associates degree in Science.
Retired from Maine Center for Cancer Medicine in 1986 then went back and worked part-time until she was 83.
She still lives alone, walks every day, still fashion conscious, great sense of humor and positive attitude, wonderful friend, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.